To need in French = Avoir Besoin De [Explanation + 11 Examples]

to need in French

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In this grammar lesson, you will learn how to say to need in French (avoir besoin de).

In this lesson you will learn about:

  • to need in French with nouns
  • to need in French with verbs
  • how to need in French is used in sentences
  • how you can quiz yourself on how to say to need in French
  • how Anki files can be downloaded for how to say to need in French.

Please refer to the French A1 Curriculum to get a better overview of French grammar, if you are curious about this fits in French A1.

By the end of the lesson, you will know all about how to say to need in French!

Table of Contents

To need in French with Nouns

If you want to say that you need something in French, you will use the following idiom.

  1. avoir besoin de [quelque chose] = to need [something]

The literal meaning is “to have need of”. However, you don’t need to remember this literal meaning.

Avoir gets conjugated depending on the context when you used this idiom.

Tu as besoin de sommeil.

You need some sleep.

Il a besoin de nouvelles chaussures.

He needs new shoes.

J’ai besoin d’une enveloppe.

I need an envelope.

You may have noticed that in the last example there is the article une after d’.

This is because you are using an indefinite article (une).

If you want to use an article, then you will use the following variation.

  • avoir besoin de/d’ + [article] + noun

To need in French with Verbs

You can also use to need in French with verbs.

You will use the following idiom for that.

  1. avoir besoin de [infinitif] = to need [to do]

J’ai besoin d’étudier.

I need to study.

J’ai besoin d’aller en vacances !

I need to go on holiday!

Vous avez besoin d’écrire quelque chose ?

Do you need to write something?

As you can see the infinitive (full verb) is used after avoir besoin de.

Please note that de becomes d’ in front of a vowel or mute h in both categories.

Examples Sentences on To Need in French

The final section of this lesson on how to say to need in French is about seeing the idiom in action.

This is valuable because you can improve your understanding on how to say to need in French through examples.

J’ai besoin d’une enveloppe.

I need an envelope.

J’ai besoin d’étudier.

I need to study.

J’ai besoin d’aller en vacances !

I need to go on holiday!

Tu as besoin de sommeil.

You need to sleep.

Il a besoin de nouvelles chaussures.

He needs new shoes.

Nous avons besoin de volontaires.

We need volunteers.

Nous avons besoin de musique.

We need music.

Nous avons besoin de Diane.

We need Diane.

Vous avez besoin de vacances.

You need a holiday.

Ils ont besoin de nourriture et d’eau.

They need food and water.

Elles ont besoin de l’argent.

They need the money.

Quiz Yourself on How to Say to Need in French

It’s not enough just to read the article on this subject.

You should test your knowledge to see if you really understood everything, and to be able to repeat the material.

It is also for this reason that it is recommended to download the Anki Decks and do them.

At the end of every lesson you can do a small test.

You will see the sentences of the previous chapter. It is up to you to give the correct answer.

You will either need to fill in the blanks, choose the correct multiple choice option, or both.

Once you are done the correct answer will be shown.

You can redo the quiz as many times as you want.

Anki File for How to Say to Need in French

It is important to do the Anki exercises for this lesson so that you can better remember what you just studied.

By downloading the Anki File for French A1, you can practice every French A1 lesson that is on Language Atlas. This is recommended as you will have every lesson that you need. You shouldn’t miss out on the complete learning experience!

You can also choose to just get the Anki File for French A1 Idioms. This only has the idioms for French A1.

If you don’t know why you should use Anki, or if you don’t know what Anki is, then please click here.

Anki can be downloaded from here.

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